August 2008


“WE can always return to gather silence and space and sort the wounds, but one cannot live in the dark forever, lest she limit herself. It is an act of generosity to come out of your dark corners and shine. To do so invites others. It is time.

You want to solve world hunger? The deeper world hunger? The hunger of the soul, of which physical hunger is a reflection? Stone soup, my friends, stone soup. I’ve got celery, Dianne’s got carrots, Amy’s got lentils, Keely’s got miso, together we’ve got soup! The way to cure this universal, festering heart-wound is by sharing our resources, sharing ourselves. We have to know who we are and offer it! Do you really win if you’ve gotten to the top and you’re there alone while others perish? Aren’t we reaaly one body, each of us cells? One galaxy, each of us stars? And finally, isn’t learning and growing more important than being perfect? How long do you wait? Do you keep perfecting the soup while everyone’s starving? It’s time to serve it up. It’s hot. It’s good. It’s nutritious. It’s full of love. Let’s dine together!”

Excerpted from Meredith Heller 2004

Taken from We’Moon Yearly Planner 2008

Where does your money go? Do you practice conscious spending? Do you consider what your spending dollars are supporting? I came across this website today…

www.biggreeenpurse.com

The Big Green Purse Shopping Principles

1) Buy less.
2) Read the label.
3) Support sustainable standards.
4) Look for third-party verification.
5) Choose fewer ingredients.
6) Pick less packaging.
7) Buy local.

While scanning through it also noticed a David Bach book I hadn’t seen before…

Go Green, Live Rich

I feel inspired to up the ante… to notice how I’m spending my money…

How do your spending habits reflect your values? Are your financial activities congruent with your stated beliefs? Are you willing to consider others and the planet when you spend money?

What can you do starting today to implement more value oriented purchasing?

Her words are like poetry and speak straight to my heart… These are but little glimpses that spoke out to me this morning… for the full effect check out her postings on her website… She is glorious!!!

…keep stepping forward… one foot in front of another… ride the wild waves of your heart and being… things will happen just as they should… exactly when they need to, no matter what you do or don’t do. You cannot mess up. Trust yourself. Believe in yourself… magic will happen… longer hugs.. revealing a little more of yourself a little more often… taking chances to give more compliments, or honesty… meaningful eye contact… becoming an artist of noticing when the opportunity arises… to connect… love comes from inside you, and all around you, and if you learn how to let it in you will never be alone…

…all the friends and all the lovers you could ever want are right there in your very own field. For you have been loved thousands of times, and more richly than the wind loves ocean, or the stars love the moon. and you are loved that much now… and much, much more…

www.jenniferposada.com

Where do you find spiritual inspiration? How do you connect with yourself? How do you connect with others? What does love look like to you? How does it feel?

There’s a Hole in my Sidewalk…

Chapter 1

I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I fall in.

I am lost… I am helpless.

It isn’t my fault.

It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter 2

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I pretend I don’t see it.

I fall in again.

I can’t believe I am in the same place.

But, it isn’t my fault.

It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I see it is there.

I still fall in… it’s a habit.

My eyes are open.

I know where I am.

It is my fault.

I get out immediately.

Chapter 4

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk around it.

Chapter 5

I walk down another street.

– Portia Nelson

Have you ever read this poem? What does it mean to you? Are you walking down the same street somewhere in your life? Is there another street you could choose to walk down instead?

30 Things Every Woman Should Have and

Know By The Time She’s 30…

In 1997, Glamour published this piece by Pamela Redmond Satran. It has now become a web phenomenon commonly misattributed to Maya Angelou. It was updated again in 2005 by the author.

“In May of 1997, I wrote this list. I had passed my thirtieth birthday and wanted to tell younger women about the things I really wished I’d had and known by that important milestone. I guess people agreed with what I had to say, because a few years later the list showed up in my e-mail inbox; a friend had forwarded it to me for my reading pleasure, completely unaware that I was the author. After that, every month or two someone would send it to me and I’d immediately hit “reply all” and type, “Hey, that was me! I wrote that for Glamour.” (After a while, I don’t think anyone believed me.) The list became a phenomenon; posted on hundreds of websites, it was attributed to everyone from Jesse Jackson to Maya Angelou to Hillary Clinton. Someone even published it as an anonymously written book. As I read over these lines now, so many of them still seem worth having and knowing—whether you’re 30 or 22 or 75. Being a little older and a little wiser, I’ve plugged in a few new “shoulds.” By all means, add some of your own.”

By Pamela Redmond Satran

By 30, you should have:

1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.

2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.

3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.

4. A purse, a suitcase and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.

5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.

6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.

7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age—and some money set aside to help fund it.

8. An e-mail address, a voice mailbox and a bank account—all of which nobody has access to but you.

9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.

10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.

11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill and a black lace bra.

12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.

13. The belief that you deserve it.

14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.

15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship and all those other facets of life that do get better.

By 30, you should know:

1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.

2. How you feel about having kids.

3. How to quit a job, break up with a man and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.

4. When to try harder and when to walk away.

5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.

6. The names of: the secretary of state, your great-grandmother and the best tailor in town.

7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.

8. How to take control of your own birthday.

9. That you can’t change the length of your calves, the width of your hips or the nature of your parents.

10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.

11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.

12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs or not flossing for very long.

13. Who you can trust, who you can’t and why you shouldn’t take it personally.

14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.

15. Why they say life begins at 30.

www.pamelaredmondsatran.com

Are you a woman? What do you think of this list? Do you agree? How of items from this list do you know or have?

… to be free enough to change direction as imagination wanders…

Paulo Coehlo

Who would you be without your story?

Have you ever heard of the work of Byron Katie? You may have come across or read a few of her books including – Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony With the Ways Things Are, and I Need Your Love – Is That True?: The Search for Love, Approval and Happiness. Author and speaker, Byron Katie has created a process that cuts right to the heart of things. Her “Work” which unveils deeper truths asks four questions:

1. Is it true?

2. Can you absolutely know it to be true?

3. How do you react? What happens when you believe that thought?

4. Who would you be without that thought?

And then you turn it around…

Interested to know more about her?

Check out her websites:

www.thework.com

www.byronkatie.com

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